03/06/15 3:31pm

The City of Alexandria held a groundbreaking for the Alexandria Police Fallen Officers Memorial on September 27, 2014. Above is a great video that explains why as 18 of Alexandria’s Police officers have lost their lives in service to the City of Alexandria.

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, a dedication of the Memorial in honor of these heroes will be held rain or shine at 6:30 PM. You can RSVP for the ceremony at this link (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED). To donate to the Alexandria Police Foundation, visit this link.

For more information about the memorial, visit this link.

03/06/15 3:14pm

AFD reminds residents to “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”

Daylight saving time 2015 will begin on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 AM. That means it’s time to spring forward with fire safety. Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Having working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

Here are some useful fire safety tips.

  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, as well as inside of all sleeping areas.
  • You should test your smoke alarms each month.
  • You should lightly dust or vacuum your smoke alarm after each test.
  • The entire smoke alarm should be replaced every 8-10 years.
  • Your family should plan and practice a home escape plan during your smoke alarm testing routine.
  • There should be a smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  • You should place a smoke alarm in each bedroom.
  • You should not install smoke alarms near fireplaces or wood stoves or in the kitchen; they tend to false alarm more frequently in those areas.
  • Install smoke alarms at least three feet away from any air return or air vent.
  • If you have to install your smoke alarm on a wall, it should be placed four to 12 inches below the ceiling.

For more additional information visit this link and follow us on twitter @AlexandriaVAFD.

03/06/15 1:46pm

As readers know, it snowed record levels during yesterday’s winter storm. So, on this Flashback Friday, I thought we’d look back at other bad snowstorms in Alexandria, Virginia.

I was looking for some reference material on the 1979 blizzard in Alexandria, Virginia when I came across this great footage taken near Timber Branch Parkway in Alexandria after Snowmageddon in February 2010. While we had a lot of snow yesterday, it was no where near the all-time record. Click this link to revisit the Washington, D.C. area’s top snowstorms.

03/06/15 11:16am

Open houses in Alexandria, Virginia March 7-8 2015

There are dozens of homes for sale with open houses in Alexandria, Virginia scheduled for this weekend, March 7-8 2015. You can view them at this link. Rentals with open houses are at this link.

Looking for a home in the Alexandria, Virginia area? Click this link to see the area’s best homes for sale and for rent with our real estate listings.

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